Upstart

Silicon Valley
251 - 500 Employees
51 - 100 Engineers
$100M+ Funding
Late Stage

Upstart is a profitable Series D start-up founded by ex-Googlers with an amazing leadership and advisory team: https://www.upstart.com/about#team. We are the first consumer lending platform to use machine learning to price credit and automate the borrowing process. We've originated over $5.5B in loans (huge milestone!) and have some exciting new revenue streams and projects in the works. We are currently recruiting for more stakeholder engineers to join our Engineering Team and aid our exponential growth.

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Why join us?
  • Our engineers work on all aspects of the Upstart platform, from our data prediction model to our backend financial platform, to our web interfaces and 3rd party API integrations. You'll enjoy significant autonomy in architecting systems, writing algorithms, and crafting elegant user interfaces. Our team is broken into product-oriented squads, giving engineers direct access to the end-user and the ability to launch features without being blocked. We’ve also designed the squad system to enable constant learning: engineers have the chance to rotate squads every 6 months to learn new parts of the codebase and business. Do you want to learn a new language or a new skill? There's a squad here to learn from. You'll also get the chance to solve challenges with interesting engineering constraints, work in a distributed system, and collaborate with data scientists.

  • Great traction — Since launching in May 2014, we've now had over $5.5B in loans originated and are now profitable at a $100M+ revenue run rate. We grew 4x in 2017 and are experiencing similar growth in 2018.

  • Competition doesn't understand technology — We're the only technology focused company working on this problem. Most teams working on this problem are former investment bankers using the same old approach. We're a team of engineers tackling this as an engineering and data problem.

  • Great partnerships — We've got great partnerships with top companies in the personal finance space, such as Nerd Wallet and Credit Karma.

  • Experienced team — Our co-founder and CEO Dave Girouard previously started and led Google Enterprise, taking it from a zero dollar a year business up to $1 billion in annual revenue.


Engineering at Upstart
Engineering team and processes

Our team is broken into product-oriented squads, giving engineers direct access to the end-user and the ability to launch features without being blocked. We’ve also designed the squad system to enable constant learning: engineers have the chance to rotate squads every 6 months to learn new parts of the codebase and business. Do you want to learn a new language or a new skill? There's a squad here to learn from. You'll also get the chance to solve challenges with interesting engineering constraints, work in a distributed system, and collaborate with data scientists.

Technical Challenges

1) A lot of our technical challenges have to do with scale, we've grown a lot in a short space of time and it's important we keep our infrastructure reliable since we're handling personal finances.

2) We're building more infrastructure to help with fraud protection, which is becoming more important as we continue growing.

3) Engineers are responsible finding creative ways to verify non-traditional information about loan applicants.

Tech stack
Ruby on Rails
PostgreSQL
React
Redshift
Airflow
Hadoop
Python
Kafka
Django
Flask
AWS
Kubernetes

Working at Upstart
Generous Vacation

We have an unlimited time off policy and flexible scheduling which works well for people that want to avoid traffic.

Free Food

We have a fully stocked kitchen and always looking for new ideas to keep it full of healthy and fun options.

Workshops/Conferences
Other

Personal Development Funds: $500/year + additional funds for workshops and conferences.

Team Activities
Health Insurance
Company Retreats
Flexible Hours
Gym/Fitness
Beautiful Office
Maternal/Paternal Leave
Relocation

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